With all of the projects I have going on right now it was great fun to put together this Penn Central Unit Coal Train that will originate at Hudson Coal and terminate at Kings Port Steel on Ralph's Kings Port Division layout; http://kingsportdivision.blogspot.com/
To: West Mill / Williams Yard
From: Terminal Yard
Subject: Dispatch of Coal Job (Terminal Yard to Hudson Coal)
The Coal Job departs Terminal Yard behind a pair of GP9s with a string of empties for Hudson Coal.
The GP9s roll downhill with their empties to be switched into Hudson Coal once they pull the loaded cars.
With the empties sitting on the main the GP9s start pulling the loaded cars for Kings Port Steel from Hudson Coal.
PC 473972, a 100 ton ex PRR H43A class hopper, sports a newly applied ACI label.
The loaded hoppers stretch thru Bedford NY towards the passenger station as the Coal Job shoves the empties into Hudson Coal.
With the 9 empties spotted it's time for the Coal Job to grab it's caboose and clear the mainline.
The Coal Job is held at Bedford Station on track 3 to wait for an inbound train to clear the High Line and track #2.
And there they are! The first sighting!! 1/87th scale John B is out of the Bedford Tower and giving Empire Belt U33Cs 6574 and 6576 leading Train VN-4, a manifest freight from Selkirk towards Terminal Yard, a rolling inspection. The E.B.R.R. U Boats are numbered into the PC 6500 series and are maintained at Selkirk.
The E.B.R.R. U boats with PC 6557 are a 1/87th scale rail fan favorite. They are only two E.B.R.R. U Boats on the PC roster and 6557 is the only U boat with the red P.
Another first sighting! A pair of E.B.R.R. boxcars and flatcar were recently released from the N.Y.C.T.L. Paint Shop and are now in revenue service.
With VN-4 now clear the Coal Job gets back to work. The GP9s are running around the 20 loaded hoppers and will couple up to the caboose. Once cleared they will proceed to Terminal Yard. Tomorrow we'll cover that and the dispatch of Train UKP-1